May 1, 2014
Gun-control advocates like the idea, and for a time one firearm seller was behind it. But gun enthusiasts are determined to squash the effort, and now the future for the smart gun is in doubt.
Armatix, the main company developing a smart-gun for sale in the U.S., says its .22-caliber iP1 handgun works only after its owner enters a five-digit code into a special watch that comes with the weapon. The watch then sends a wireless signal to a computer chip in the gun, allowing it to fire.